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CoreLogic: Houston Home Prices Rise 10.9% in October

by Peter Thomas Ricci

Houston made it two for two in major home price indices, as the market continues to show signs of recovery.

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Home prices in the Houston area rose 10.9 percent year-over-year in October, according to the latest Home Price Index from CoreLogic; of the metro areas CoreLogic highlighted, Houston’s gains were the sixth strongest.

Arguably the second most influential measure of housing prices in the nation, the Home Price Index was the second index in as many weeks to suggest good things for Texas real estate; the most influential measure, Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller, reported strong numbers last week for Texas’ housing market.

Overall, Texas is in an intriguing place in terms of home prices. Unlike most states, Texas’ housing market has grown since the downturn and eclipsed it’s boom-era highs, and prices set a new record in August of this year. Because of that, October’s prices were down 0.4 percent from September to October, but still up 8.1 percent from last year.

Home Price Index Tracking National Gains

How are things looking for the rest of the nation, though?

In the overall Home Price Index, national home prices rose 12.5 percent year-over-year in October, which marks the 20th consecutive month of yearly price gains; CoreLogic anticipates a 12.2 percent yearly gain for November in its next Home Price Index, and Mark Fleming, the firm’s chief economist, said home price gains will likely slow as the winter takes hold.

“In October, the year-over-year appreciation rate remained strong, but the month-over-month appreciation rate was barely positive, indicating that house price appreciation has slowed as expected for the winter,” Fleming said. “Based on our Pending HPI, the monthly growth rate is expected to moderate even further in November and December.”

For more perspective on how the Home Price Index has progressed the las year, see our chart below:

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